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line change ADVICE FOR PARENTS, REFS AND COACHES 12 PHOTOS COURTESY OF Darin Jones; Getty Images ILLUSTRATION BY Karli Seman OCTOBER. 2014 USAHOCKEYMAGAZINE.COM The beauty of hockey is that you can get involved at any moment in your life — even if that means you have never played. Such is the case for Darin Jones, the president of the Webster Youth Hockey Organization, registrar and also member of the organization's board of directors. In total, Jones has spent roughly 20 years as a hockey volunteer, including the last 10 years with Webster Youth Hockey. While Jones did not grow up around the sport, he first became involved as a league administrator when his son, Darin, started playing as a 4-year-old in the mid-1990s. Like his son, Jones first laced up the skates around the same time. Even with his son years removed from youth hockey, Jones stays connected to the game and helps grow the sport in the Greater Rochester area. "For me, it's all about the kids and ensuring that they have the same level of enjoyment that our family got from my son being able to play hockey," Jones said. "It's seeing those young kids come off the ice with the same smile and the same happiness emanating from them that my son had when he played. That's what makes it all worthwhile." Long before I understood the breadth of my super powers as a hockey mom, I was foiled by that malodorous miscre- ant also known as the hockey bag. Able to fell foes with a single whiff, my newfound nemesis would eventually be defeated thanks to a strict ritual of clean- ing and airing gear after each game and practice. If only I had known hockey bags and foul odors don't have to skate together, I might have spared my singed nostrils a lot of pain. Sometimes it takes time to learn these hard lessons, as most hockey moms can attest. Grizzled veterans can always spot a newbie as she enters the rink for the first time with that deer-in-the-headlights look on her and think, "Oh, if she only knew…" It's a learning process that doesn't happen overnight, and- sometimes it doesn't come cheap. "It requires using vaca- tion days from work, missing birthday parties and extra costs besides fees and equipment," says Syracuse (N.Y.) Nationals hockey mom Lauren Kochian. Eventually she ditched the guilt and realized that it takes a village to survive the season. "It's truly a hockey family and you shouldn't feel like you have to be at every practice and game," she says. "Let others pitch in and reciprocate. It's a good way for kids to see that teamwork off the ice." There are a lot of sacrifices that come with being a hockey mom, but as we all know the pleasure is well worth the pain. Just ask University of Pittsburgh hockey mom Karen Palonis, who found out last year that the rewards are well worth it, espe- cially when it comes in the form of a National Championship. "That was an amazing feeling and great to share that joy with my son," Palonis says. It's also great to share that feeling with others, as my sister, a hockey coach from Saugerties, N.Y., can attest. "Getting involved made me appreciate the game so much more," Teresa Marzec says. "There's great satisfaction in knowing you've helped make the season more memorable for the kids and parents." And that's what it's all about. Do we make mistakes? Sure. Do we look back on those Homer Simpson DOH! moments and wonder, "What was I thinking?" Absolutely. But just like our kids on the ice, we figure it out. And as my sister says, the rewards far out- weigh the trials and tribulations. "Would you have traded a second of it?" she asks. Nope. Not one second. Amen sister. Syracuse, N.Y., hockey mom Christie Casciano Burns is the author of The Puck Hog and Haunted Hockey in Lake Placid. AVOIDING THE CRACKS IN THE ICE Seasoned Hockey Moms Share Their Secrets VOLUNTEER OF THE MONTH Darin Jones Rochester, N.Y. HOCKEY MOM COLUMN // By CHRISTIE CASCIANO BURNS Two-time Olympian and former University of Wisconsin star Meghan Duggan is returning to her collegiate roots as an assistant coach with the Clarkson University women's team this season. Duggan joins the staff for the defending National Champion Golden Knights, taking the place of Matt Kelly, who recently signed on as the head scout for the U.S. Women's National Team. A four-year star at Wisconsin, Duggan helped lead the Badgers to three NCAA titles before graduating in 2011 as the leading scorer in Wisconsin's history. The Danvers, Mass., native was also honored with the 2011 Patty Kazmaier Award. In addition to winning silver medals at the 2010 and 2014 Olympic Winter Games, Duggan has represented the U.S. at five Women's World Championships, capturing four gold medals (2008, 2009, 2011, 2013) and one silver (2007). Clarkson Adds Duggan To Revamped Coaching Staff

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